Elipsos

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Elipsos Internacional S.A. was a Spanish company which was set up in 2001 by Spanish RENFE and French SNCF with a 50% share each. It was created to handle the logistics of Trenhotel night railway services between Spain and France, Switzerland and Italy; in 2013, only services to France remained, and they are cut back to thrice a week as of September 2013. Sadly on the 15th of December the Elipsos service was discontinued, as the high speed line between France and Spain had opened.[1] The Elipsos Trenhotel operated with Talgo gauge change trains.

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Trains managed by Elipsos:

Former trains:

  • Pau Casals (Barcelona Estació de França -Zürich Hauptbahnhof) (ended 7 December 2012)
  • Salvador Dalí (Barcelona Estació de França -Milano Centrale) (ended 7 December 2012)

The Elipsos bed carriages were operated by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits and by the different national railway companies. In France the train is was pulled by an SNCF locomotive, and in Spain by a RENFE one.

The Francisco de Goya departed Paris every night except Saturday at 19:45 during the summer months and less frequently during the winter. As of September 2013 it only ran from Madrid only on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with the return services from Paris on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.

The 'Joan Miró departed Paris every night at 20:34 and arrived Barcelona at 08:24. In all these trains customers could take dinner and breakfast in the dining car. As of September 2013, it only ran from Barcelona only on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with the return services from Paris on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.[2]

The trains generally had these classes:

  • Reclining seat
  • Tourist Class (4-bed accommodation)
  • Club Class (1- or 2-bed accommodation with breakfast included)
  • Grand Class (1- or 2-bed accommodation with shower/WC, dinner and breakfast included)

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